This photo is from a few weeks ago, when I was out helping a friend process her honey. I did it with her last year as well--a first time for me--and hope that I'll get to continue doing it, perhaps even with my own hives in the future. It's a magical experience, for those of you who have never done something like that before, and akin to my previous post about the salmon run in its ability to inspire awe and wonder in one's mind.
I realize that I said I would write about what I have been learning these last few crazy months--and I still will, I promise--but today has me thinking about the concept of 'drala' instead, and I shall indulge that for a moment.
Drala is a word that comes from Tibetan buddhism, and translates as meaning 'above the enemy'. Not at all warlike in nature or perspective, the concept isn't about vanquishing others or even your situation, but moving beyond the 'enemy' that exists within each of our minds; the source of our suffering and lack of life engagement: in short, a lack of mindfulness.
Drala, said another way, is magic. Real magic. It is the magic that comes when we take our minds above themselves, basically; above all our conditioned fear and attachment and judgement--all that which keeps us locked in egoic battles with the world--and into the space of non dual awareness and moment-to-moment awe. It is the magic that comes from being truly present with a thing or an experience as it happens, whether we are eating or speaking or walking or anything else, and allowing ourselves to sit in the moment without resistance or labeling. It is the magic of awareness and connection. This magic is the path, in fact. It is the glittery magical golden and increasingly fantastic path that--should we follow it--will lead to greater happiness, fulfillment and purpose in our individual lives.
Tonight I am teaching a meditation and yoga class and will be exploring this concept in the simple act of eating a raspberry. While it may seem small, the act of fully engaging within the moment with a sensory experience is the root of one (of the three) types of drala (maybe we'll go into those another day). When we allow our senses to really feel the world, we come into contact with the magic of our daily existence, and can come to appreciate both ourselves and the whole phenomenal reality more than ever.